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Hyderabad man becomes world’s fastest human calculate, gets honored in London

There is no hiding from the fact that Indian students are the finest minds and they have the cutting edge to outsmart other country students.

Neelkantha Bhanu Prakash, a student of Mathematics at Delhi’s St Stephen’s College, has made the headlines after he won the first gold medal for India at the Mental Calculation World Championship at Mind Sports Olympiad held in London recently.

Hailing from Hyderabad, he has become the world’s fastest human calculator. He has won first-ever gold for India in the Mental Calculation World Championship at Mind Sports Olympiad.

Prakash holds the world record for being the ‘fastest human calculator. “Beating 29 competitors, up to 57 years of age, from 13 countries, I won the gold medal with a clear margin of 65 points. The judges were spellbound by my speed; they required me to perform more calculations to confirm my accuracy,” Neelkantha Bhanu Prakash told news agency ANI.

His achievement is widely being praised by people. The Mind Sport Olympiad, which is considered the toughest competition, was held virtually with 30 participants from the UK, Germany, UAE, France, Greece and Lebanon. The math event was first held in 1998.

“I hold four world records and 50 Limca records for being the ‘fastest human calculator’ in the world. My brain calculates quicker than the speed of a calculator. Breaking these records, once held by Math experts like Scott Flansburg and Shakuntala Devi, is a matter of national pride. I have done my bit to place India on the global level of Mathematics,” the proud champion said.

“This is the first time that India has won a gold medal. It is the most prestigious international competition for games of mental skill and mind sports…This is equivalent to any other Olympic event…,” the Maths wizard added. His vision is to create “VISION Math” labs and reach out to millions of children to make them start loving the subject.

“Three out of every four students who study in the government schools in India have trouble in understanding basic Mathematics. The phobia is the cause for kids opting out of rural schools in India.” he said, adding that “for any country to develop and thrive globally, numeracy is as important a skill as literacy.”

“Bhanu has proved to be the pride of India as he is the first Indian to win a gold medal at the Mind Sports Olympics…,” said Srinivas Jonnalgadda, father of the champion. He is proud of his son’s dream of removing the fear of math in children. “Bhanu wishes to instill a sense of enjoyment when children learn Maths…,” the Mathematician’s father said.

Written by Dharam Sikarwar

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.

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